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The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked

Updated June 2, 2020 12.0k votes 1.4k voters 51.6k views90 items

List RulesVote up your favorite thrillers set in a science fiction universe.

This list contains information on the best sci-fi thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best sci-fi thriller films come in many forms. Some good sci-fi thriller films take place in outer-space while other good science-fiction thriller movies feature multiple dimensions. Many of the best sci-fi thriller films have won awards.

What films will you find on this top sci-fi thriller movies list? The Thing has to be at the top. John Carpenters 1982 remake of this classic science-fiction tale is one of the most suspenseful films to ever hit the silver screen. Kurt Russell leads an all-star cast who face off against an ever-evolving extraterrestrial foe in the film. Futuristic crime-solving techniques prove to be untrustworthy in 2002 thriller, Minority Report. Other great sci-fi suspense films featured on this list include Alien, Children of Men and Total Recall.

Do you have a favorite sci fi thriller? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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  • 1
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

    Released2015

    Directed byAlex Garland

    Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Arrival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Arrival

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Looper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

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  • 15
    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • 21
    Predestination is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

    Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Oblivion

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2013

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Source Code is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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